Six Mile nursing home plans free wrestling show

SIX MILE — According to Pruitt Health Pickens activities director Danielle Merck, Paul Burnett has a passion for professional wrestling.

SixMileBurnett has dreamed of attending another match since he and his wife of 47 years, Gayle, went to a show at the BI-LO Center in Greenville in 2014, before his admission to the nursing home.

Through partnerships with Second Wind Dreams and Golden Corner Wrestling, Pruitt Health is making that dream a reality.

The nursing home, located at 163 Love and Care Road in Six Mile, will play host to a free wrestling show for all community residents at 6 p.m. next Thursday, March 24.

Scheduled to appear at the “Dreamville” show are Ace Armstrong, Big Dan Holman, Josh Powers, Dustin Reagan, Bryson Willis, Chaz Valor and Kevin Phoenix. The card is subject to change.

Merck said Burnett, a former truck driver from Greenville, suffered a stroke in 2005, resulting in aphasia — being unable to verbally express emotion and needs — and decreased mobility.

“Even though his life was changed by the stroke, Paul continues to live life with a positive attitude,” Merck said.

She said the nursing home staff is hoping for a large turnout from the community to share this special event with Burnett and the Pruitt Health family.

Local residents are urged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on, as a limited number of chairs will be available for the outdoor event. Because it is set to be held outdoors, the weather could play a factor in the show. Officials urge those planning to attend to call ahead or check the Golden Corner Wrestling Facebook page in case of inclement weather.

For more information, call Pruitt Health Pickens at (864) 868-2307.